Bisphenol A (BPA) will be prohibited in baby bottles, sippy cups, teething rings and pacifiers effective January 1, 2013. Research shows the chemical can be toxic, especially in young children.|Bisphenol A (BPA) will be prohibited in baby bottles, sippy cups, teething rings and pacifiers effective January 1, 2013. Research shows the chemical can be toxic, especially in young children.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also reversed its former findings that BPA was safe. BPA use began in the 1930’s as a plastic hardener and also is used food products (such as canned goods), beverage cans and water bottles. Nearly everyone is exposed to bisphenol A because it seeps into food and drinks from hundreds of everyday products, researchers say, however the risk is greater to toddlers and infants.
The bill will make it illegal to manufacture, sell or distrubte in commerce sippy cuts, baby bottles and bottle liners, teething rings and pacifiers in Iowa. Manufacturers and wholesalers must ensure the container for those particular products are conspicuously labeled as not containing bisphenol A. They must “provide the retailer with affirmation” that the products are BPA free, the bill says. A civil penalty of $1,000 is the penalty for violation.